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Obama gives away Nobel-prize cash

President Obama has announced which groups will get the $1.4 million he received for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr. Obama said Thursday that $250,000 will go to Fisher House, a national nonprofit that houses families whose loved ones are receiving care at Veterans Administration medical centers. He will give another $200,000 to the Bush-Clinton Haiti Fund to help the country recover from the earthquake.

The balance will go to an array of other groups, including education foundations, scholarship funds and regional development groups in Africa and Central Asia.


Congresswoman to testify at grand jury

DETROIT | A congresswoman who is the mother of Detroit ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says she’ll comply with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury in Detroit.

In Washington, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick told The Associated Press on Thursday she “absolutely” would comply.

Notice of the subpoena was in Wednesday’s Congressional Record.

Mrs. Kilpatrick’s office manager has also been told to appear at the grand jury. The dates of their appearances were not disclosed.

Federal authorities are investigating corruption in city government while Kwame Kilpatrick was mayor. He hasn’t been charged in that investigation. He resigned in 2008 after pleading guilty to obstructing justice in a case that revealed his affair with his chief of staff.

His spokesman says he has no comment on the subpoena.


Official warns about down-payment hikes

The head of the Federal Housing Administration is warning that boosting the minimum down payment borrowers must provide to qualify for home loans backed by the agency could threaten the housing market.

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